Former USC quarterback Cody Kessler had only kind words for former Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian when he spoke to the media at the NFL combine Thursday.

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As former USC quarterback Cody Kessler spoke to the media at the NFL combine Thursday, he mentioned the unforeseen circumstances of his college career, which included the sudden firing of coach Steve Sarkisian last October. The former UW head coach was let go after being admitted to a rehab facility to deal with an alcohol problem.

Kessler said he has not spoken recently to Sarkisian but said he has no ill feelings toward his former coach. In fact, he expressed only admiration for Sarkisian and a hope that he gets another chance in football soon.

“You know, Sark it obviously was an unfortunate situation that happened,” said Kessler,who started for three seasons at USC and committed to the Trojans in 2011 after seriously considering UW when Sarkisian was the Huskies’ coach.

“But he was good to me, and I respect him still to this day. He was a good coach, a good man. He really is. He’s a good person. He just had personal things going on that were unfortunate that affected him in his job, which was being a head coach. It was tough to see, especially being a guy who had gotten so close to him over the years. I still wish him the best, and hopefully he gets another opportunity to coach again, because he really is a really good coach, a good person, and the players, especially me, loved playing for him. It was just unfortunate the things he was dealing with at the time.”

Sarkisian has not spoken publicly since entering rehab and and being fired but did file a lawsuit for wrongful termination in December.